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# One of Ronald Reagans first acts as President was to rescind

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One of Ronald Reagan’s first acts as President was to rescind President Carter’s directive that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries.

(A) that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States be prohibited from sale to other countries
(B) that any chemical be prohibited from sale to other countries that was banned on medical grounds in the United States
(C) prohibiting the sale to other countries of any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States
(D) prohibiting that any chemical banned on medical grounds in the United States is sold to other countries
(E) that any chemical banned in the United States on medical grounds is prohibited from being sold to other countries
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16 May 2007, 10:59
I chose A, but not sure why not E
Could anyone elaborate it?
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16 May 2007, 12:31
I can not explain because I rather used my intuition when I chose A. And now I see that I was wrong.
Actually several answers looked good to me incl. A, C and E
This is a tough one!
But you can refer also to this link as this SC has been already discussed
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... d5bffa9f11

I checked the usage of idiom here. The correct idiom is Prohibit X from GERUND

So I am totally lost!
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16 May 2007, 22:57
Ups!
I think we can not. Directive is a noun.
Directive claims, directive prohibits, directive is drafted and so on.
I think we can not use subjunctive mode here.
So it must be either C or D. Although the correct idiom is still prohibit from doing something
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17 May 2007, 14:44
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19 May 2007, 13:42
Caas wrote:
I chose A, but not sure why not E
Could anyone elaborate it?

"directive that X is Y" is wrong. It should be "directive that X be Y" is correct. That's why people were guessing A to be the correct answer. Although the OA seems to be C.
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04 Jul 2007, 09:33
mNeo wrote:
Caas wrote:
I chose A, but not sure why not E
Could anyone elaborate it?

"directive that X is Y" is wrong. It should be "directive that X be Y" is correct. That's why people were guessing A to be the correct answer. Although the OA seems to be C.

Nice.
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04 Jul 2007, 10:36
I too chose 'C', well 'A' and 'C' do give confusion
04 Jul 2007, 10:36
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